“You might be wondering” is something Ryan Reynolds says so much in the Deadpool trailers that we’re wondering exactly why we’re still paying attention. But some fans are actually wanting to know: Is Wolverine going to be in Deadpool?
The answer: Yeah, probably. But don’t be surprised if he shows up anyway.
In an interview with News Limited last year, Deadpool lead Ryan Reynolds responded to a question asking about a cameo featuring Jackman:
“God I hope so, that would be really nice. I dunno, we’ll see. It seems like he’s open to it, but it’s gonna be more of a scheduling issue than anything else.”
Scheduling has been an issue to get the Australian hunk on set for both Deadpool and Bryan Singer’s final X-Men installment, X-Men: Apocalypse which is due later this summer. There are signs that Jackman is making an appearance in the latter movie, but it appears less likely he’s involved in the former.
Jackman himself is coy about a Deadpool cameo. Speaking to The Huffington Post while promoting his documentary Dukale’s Dream, Jackman confusingly replied when asked about showing up in Deadpool:
“Hmmm, I can’t … no. Nope,” Jackman mumbled under his lips while giving off a sweet smile. “But, I am really good mates with [Reynolds] so …”
Then, in November, Jackman and Reynolds kept stoking the fire when Jackman posted an Instagram video of Reynolds in Wade Wilson’s burnt hamburger meat makeup impersonating the Australian actor.
While the existence of a Deadpool movie has been a dream come true for Marvel faithful, fans believe it would be extra juicy if Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine — an acclaimed casting choice that has lasted over a decade and a half — would share screen time with Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool, also another fan-favorite casting. And the reason stems from the characters’ turbulent rivalry within the Marvel universe.
Both Wolverine and Deadpool are products of the Weapon X program, which turn voluntary (and involuntary) subjects into living weapons. Because both characters have insane regenerative healing and similar martial capabilities, fans and Marvel writers have framed the two freaks in a yin-yang dynamic. In the UK, Panini Comics republishes monthly Wolverine and Deadpool stories in Wolverine and Deadpool, which began in 2004 and continues today.
And of course there was 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine which introduced Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool… kind of. Or so what the movie thinks should be Deadpool, which much of the Marvel fandom vehemently disagrees.
Unlike the production of X-Men Apocalypse, where reshoots allegedly have him “on hand” and prop makers have let slip they’re making Jackman a backpack, there is little evidence that indicates Jackman has been near the set of Deadpool.
But we’ll know definitively come February 12. Until then, we’ll just be wondering.